25 May 2013

Taiwan 16/4-6/5 2013, locations inside of Taipei

 Taipei Main MRT Station 



Continuing on from my other post regarding (locations outside of Taipei) what we have here is a selection of images all taken in locations inside of the main city Taipei. There is not any one specific object or environment I have been taking photos of. However I would like all pictures to express a common goal and that is to portray a space that is dynamic and subject to change, but out of this I would also like to highlight a new perspective on reality, the environment we construct for our selves.

I find that Taiwan offers a wealth of potential for my research as the built environments there are so juxtaposed with so many contrasting elements. I have tried to capture these in my photos, such as the contrasts of line, shape, colour and space. In some cases I find that some pictures are like abstract paintings as the space is filled with so many contrasting elements that it can appear to be like there all massed together.  Importantly though these pictures make me see these environments in a way that is different to the real experience, I am forced to recognise features that are so integrated into that space that perhaps we take for granted. This in a sense is one way I find of bringing about new ways of seeing to the space we live in, trying to reveal something new from what is already there.

Taiwan 16/4-6/5 2013, locations outside of Taipei

Yingge, Train Station



Taroko National Park at Hualien



Recently I had the opportunity to go to Taiwan again for one month, it was a busy month and I did not really have a lot of time for my self, but of what little time I had I used it to carry on with my research. I managed to take quite a few pictures, but as usual I was particularly selective choosing ones I felt most stood out. However with the pictures here I feel there seems to be more of a connection or relationship in terms of the subject matter, they all seem to express a common goal.

There are too many pictures to place on one post so I have separated them out according to location, these were all taken outside of Taipei City. 

I think what really stands out to me is the way in which all of these photos seem to act in a way as a documented recording of the spaces I have travelled through. Each picture when put together progressivly tells a story documenting time and space. But I also recognise that these structures and the space that they occupy is transient and has the potential to change in the future. Perhaps they will degrade over time not cared for, or even be rebuilt into something different, or maybe something new will replace it altogether perhaps. I suppose this is a reflection of the time we live in as we strive to constantly build a better world tailored for our needs. So it seems then that Taiwan is developing its cities quite rapidly, in most places I went to I could see new built environments being created.

Please continue onto my other post (Locations inside of Taipei) for more information.